Welcome to ECFE

What is ECFE?

“ECFE is based around the idea that a child’s family provides a child’s first and most significant learning environment and that parents are a child’s first and most important teachers.” The purposes of Early Childhood Family Education are to help parents provide for their children’s learning and development, strengthen families, and to help young learners develop to their fullest potential. ECFE provides the “Building Blocks for Family School Success”


The Goals of Early Childhood Family Education

  • To enhance parenting skills and support parents in their child raising efforts
  • To share a special ONE on ONE interactive time with your child
  • To be aware of child development and its stages as your child grows and develops
  • To make new friends in a safe school classroom environment
  • To give children an opportunity to discover and learn
  • To foster effective communication between parents and their children


We are so excited to begin a new session of ECFE!
The Hawley ECFE programs are provided for all parents and children from ages birth to five. Preregistration is required so that preparations may be made for the sessions. It is also a Minnesota state law that all children attending must have up-to-date immunization records on file BEFORE the first day of class, so please be sure to provide them. If you are unable to attend a session, please notify the school office. A minimal fee will be charged for your child to attend classes, and this fee is payable at our first classroom session. Thank you for your cooperation…the monies will be used to defray the program expenses.


Class Information:
Day: Thursday evenings
Time: 6:00-7:15
Cost: $15 per child with a maxium of $20 per family for September-December classes
Registration: Print and mail in registration form, (P.O. Box 608, Hawley, MN 56549) or drop off in Elementary    School office.

If you have any questions, please call the Elementary School Office at 483-3316
Educators: Kelli Langerud -Parent Facilitator
                    Sarah Behrens -Child Educator


You will find a variety of opportunities to share a fun and special time with your child, as well as some time to connect with other parents and a parent facilitator and child educator. 
Please note that the classes are offered from September - December  2019. We can’t wait for you to join us!

Fall / Winter Class Schedule:

September 26th : Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch

October 3rd : Library Night

October 10th : Sports Night

October 24th : Halloween Party

November 14th : Weather

November 21st : Friendship Feast

December 5th : Nursery Rhyme Night

December 12th : Christmas Celebration


September 26thBuffalo River Pumpkin Patch: Please meet us at the Hawley Elementary School at 6:00 on September 26th to ride on a school bus to the Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch! There will be an additional charge of $5.00 per person, payable at the pumpkin patch. This will include a horse drawn wagon ride, straw maze, petting zoo, one small pumpkin, little monsters game area, and Pumpkin Nook’s Educational Building. Please contact the Elementary office at (218) 483-3316 to reserve your family's spot on the school bus. If you would like to drive yourself, please contact the office and let them know you will meet us there.

October 3rd Public Library: Please meet us at the Hawley Public Library for tonight’s special session!  Together, we will be learning about the Lake Agassiz Regional Library system and all it has to offer our community. We will bring a couple of fun projects to work on, and your child will also have the opportunity to register for their very own library card.

October 10thSports Night: Tonight is sure to be one of your child’s favorite nights of ECFE! Please meet us at the Hawley Elementary Field House to participate in a night with lots of running and fun! Don’t forget to wear your tennis shoes and bring a ball if you’d like! 

October 24thHalloween Party: Please come join the fun in celebrating with a Halloween carnival party . Besides the carnival games, you and your child can also complete a variety of Halloween related art projects! It would be great fun if to have your family wear your Halloween costumes to help with the festivities! Hope to see you there! (We promise, there will be no paint projects in sight!)

November 14thAll About the Weather: Tonight we will be learning all about the weather! We will have some hands on activities as well as projects,  all centering around the different types of weatherand weather patterns.

November 21stFriendship Feast: Share a very special time with your little one during the Thanksgiving season! Please bring a child- friendly snack (no nuts please) in a sandwich size ziplock bag. (goldfish, pretzels, marshmallows, cereal, etc.) We will be combining all the snacks to create a “Goolosh” Friendship snack!

December 5thNursery Rhyme Night: Tonight will be a great night where we will be focusing our activities around some well known nursery rhymes!  We work on these fun activities as well as read a few of the nursery rhymes together!

December 12th Christmas Celebration: Tonight will be a special Holiday celebration with our ECFE family and friends. The night will begin by making special gifts to share with others this holiday season! We will play games, sing songs, have a book gift exchange, (ECFE will provide the books for each child) and we’re even hoping to have a visit from a jolly fellow in a red suit!

THANK YOU!! We look forward to working with you and your child!

For questions or if you need information, please contact:

Kelli Langerud -
Sarah Behrens -



To Register go to the Downloads section to print a registration form. http://www.hawley.k12.mn.us/page/2728 

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